Mortgage Rates Now Back to 20 Month Lows

By Matthew Graham

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates fell only modestly today, but it was enough for the best rate sheets since mid-May 2013. That’s a new 20 month low, on average. The most prevalently-quoted conforming 30yr fixed rate for top tier scenarios is 3.625% , but 3.75% remains quite common. Once again, there were no meaningful events on the economic calendar to motivate market movements. Instead, the bond markets that dictate mortgage rates were simply along for the ride as other sectors underwent more volatility. Like yesterday, this was most noticeable in equities markets (stocks). While rates won’t always be falling when stocks are falling, the bigger the movement becomes in one, the more likely the other will be affected. Today’s movement in stocks was big enough that bond markets couldn’t help but trade sympathetically…(read more)

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